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Profiles: Arab Dairy and Bisco Misr

Egypt has been in the M&A spotlight in recent weeks, with Arab Dairy and local snacks group Bisco Misr the subject of interest from internat...

DATA: The just-food international basket - Q3 2014

Compiled exclusively for just-food by IRI, the data shows the cost of a typical basket of goods in eight markets every quarter. The numbers...

Transformed Post confident about prospects

Post Holdings has undergone significant change in the last two years through a spate of M&A. While there are questions about the outlook for...

On the money: How Greencore is outperforming

Over the last twelve months Irish food group Greencore outperformed the overall food market in UK, its largest market, on the back of its ex...


Deal or no deal: How a frozen sale makes sense for Kerry 24 Nov 2014

Katy Askew

Kerry Group is reportedly mulling the sale of its frozen food business. The company has seen strong sales and profit momentum at its ingredients unit but endured a lacklustre performance from the consumer foods side of the business. In this context, it makes sense for the Irish company to pare down peripheral and under-performing areas of Kerry Foods. Katy Askew reports.


Regional start-ups aim to ride China's online boom 24 Nov 2014

Wang Fangqing

The e-commerce channel in China is buoyant - one only has to witness the recent IPO of Alibaba in the US to see that - but smaller online retailers are launching to sell targeted ranges of branded food to Chinese consumers. In a new column, Wang Fangqing reports on a start-up in the major south-western city of Chongqinq.


Focus: JBS sees big opportunity from Primo Smallgoods 21 Nov 2014

Dean Best

Brazil-based JBS is already the world's largest meat supplier but it has its sights on growing further in value-added products and in Asia - and has turned to a business in Australia to help it achieve that goal.


Digesting digital: Suppliers, retailers must collaborate online to deliver value 21 Nov 2014

Katy Askew

Price is becoming an ever more significant issue in the UK grocery sector. Squeezed consumers and pressured retailers are increasingly focused on a product's RRP. But there are still ways that manufacturers and supermarkets can add value. A central theme of the IGD online conference this week was the need for manufacturers and retailers to collaborate online if they are to avoid a race to the bottom. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Can BRF deliver on its aggressive growth strategy? 20 Nov 2014

Katy Askew

BRF, the Brazilian meat giant, is undergoing significant change. The company has undertaken a massive behind-the-scenes restructuring drive to streamline its operations and build a structure that will deliver stable returns. BRF has now turned its attention to expansion, setting out an ambitious growth agenda. Can it deliver? Katy Askew investigates.


BRICs and beyond: The thinking behind Mondelez's Vietnam deal 14 Nov 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Mondelez International this week announced it was acquiring a majority stake in the snacks business of Vietnamese food group Kinh Do. Hannah Abdulla reveals why this deal is likely to be a game-changer for both Mondelez and the Vietnamese snacks sector.


On the money: Cost-cutting regime paying off for Mondelez 7 Nov 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Mondelez International's work on costs looks to be paying off with the snacks giant seeing its margins improve and lifting its forecast for annual earnings this week. The Cadbury owner is seeing some pressure on sales - particularly in Europe - after lifting prices to offset higher commodity costs but analysts are generally upbeat about the US group's prospects.


Deal or no deal: Should Danone make a play for Mead Johnson? 6 Nov 2014

Katy Askew

Rumours linking Danone to Mead Johnson have periodically surfaced over the past five years. Much of the rationale justifying such a significant move lies in Danone's strategy in key emerging markets such as China. Following a tie-up with Chinese infant formula maker Yashili International Holdings it would seem Danone is intent on developing strategic partnerships with local players to foster growth. But would a big-bang acquisition make more sense? Katy Askew reports.


On the money: Why analysts are looking beyond 2014 at Snyder's-Lance 5 Nov 2014

Dean Best

Shares in Snyder's-Lance fell yesterday after the US snack group's third-quarter results missed Wall Street's expectations and the company revised its 2014 forecasts. However, analysts, looking into next year and beyond, believe the prospects look bright for the business.


On the money: Kellogg stands firm on cereal plans 3 Nov 2014

Hannah Abdulla

"There is no quick fix in this business," Kellogg CEO John Bryant conceded last week after reporting another challenging quarter for the US group's breakfast cereal business. However, with sales still under pressure, analysts are asking why Kellogg should be investing more in cereal than it is in snacks.


Iglo looks to show lead on reducing food waste 31 Oct 2014

Ben Cooper

A new Europe-wide initiative launched by leading frozen foods company Iglo Group seeks to promote how home freezing and ready-frozen food can help address the worrying issue of food waste. Ben Cooper reports.


On the money: Spreads, ice cream top Unilever list of woes 23 Oct 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Unilever's third quarter underlying sales growth missed analyst expectations as the Hellmann's maker reported its spreads segment was still struggling, and ice cream sales were dampened by poor weather in Europe.


In the spotlight: Will Danone return to growth in fresh dairy? 17 Oct 2014

Katy Askew

Danone has faced myriad issues at its fresh dairies business. The group has been squeezed by weak consumer sentiment in its largest markets, on the one hand, and rising input prices, on the other. Management believes that a focus on improving its mix in developed markets will boost its profit profile. All the while it has been positioning itself to drive the top line in emerging markets. But these efforts are yet to show themselves in the unit's results. Could Danone's fresh dairy business be preparing to turn a corner? Katy Askew reports.


On the money: Why Nestle is relaxed about the China "drag" 17 Oct 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Nestle's sales for the first nine months of 2014 have missed analyst expectations and the investment community pointed to China as a key factor. However, the world's largest food manufacturer, while noting the short-term challenges it sees in the market, is upbeat about its prospects.


Analysis: Why French retail deals could hit suppliers 15 Oct 2014

Dean Best

Against a backdrop of weak consumer confidence and falling prices, four of France's leading four retailers have, in two deals, decided to team up on purchasing. And the country's food manufacturers are not happy.


BRICs and beyond: How Bright Food is furthering its international strategy 14 Oct 2014

Katy Askew

State-backed Chinese food giant Bright Food Co. continued to make progress with its "go global, bring in" ambition when it acquired a majority stake in Italian olive oil manufacturer Salov Group last week. The move is typical of Bright's international strategy as the group continues to further its agenda to grow globally and bring overseas brands to Chinese consumers. Katy Askew reports.


On the money: PepsiCo's "disciplined" response to Frito-Lay market share squeeze 10 Oct 2014

Katy Askew

Frito-Lay, the North American snack business of PepsiCo, is responding to the slow erosion of its market share in a "disciplined" way, while also innovating to fend off competition from premium players,its management has insisted.


In the spotlight: FrieslandCampina moves to shore up Europe prospects 3 Oct 2014

Hannah Abdulla

FrieslandCampina this week made two major announcements in Europe, with a plan to close a plant in Belgium but also deals to buy two Italian cheese firms. The Dutch dairy giant has, like many of its peers, struggled for growth in Europe and is busy looking to right-size its business in the region for the future.


On the money: Diamond's faith in on-trend portfolio 26 Sep 2014

Katy Askew

Diamond Foods expects to return to profitability in its new financial year, pointing to the benefit of an on-trend product portfolio in the US, improved walnut supply and reduced financial costs.


In the spotlight: Fonterra's strategy to weather enduring dairy volatility 26 Sep 2014

Dean Best

After reporting a slump in Fonterra's annual profits this week, CEO Theo Spierings was at pains to tell the market the global dairy market will remain erratic. However, the head of the world's largest dairy exporter also outlined how the group plans to ride out changes in supply of and demand for milk.


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